View Full Version : Happy 50 anniversary, Luna 1!

2009-Jan-02, 10:50 AM
50 years ago this day, the space probe of USSR "Luna 1" successfully launched to the Moon. It was designed to hit our natural satellite, but instead it flied by the Moon and became the first spacecraft to enter the interplanetary space. It was then renamed "Dream" or "Mechta".

"Luna 1" also became the first artificial comet when a cloud of sodium gas was released from the spacecraft. It also discovered that the Moon doesn't have a magnetic field.

So happy, happy 50th anniversary!!!

2009-Jan-02, 06:48 PM
Yes, it is nice to know that out there in
solar orbit is an example for posterity of
the old thermionic valves that were
"electronics" at one time in Earth's
history:) And with this and other early
space probes I would be happy one day to
find circuit diagrams and pictures of the
innards of these machines on the net.
I like to know how things ticked!

2009-Jan-02, 08:40 PM
Happy anniversary, Luna 1!

2009-Jan-02, 09:53 PM
First human object out of the gravity well.
Heres to the original space probe, Luna 1.

2009-Jan-03, 04:05 AM
A simple and elegant mission that changed the world. Whowever renamed it "The Dream" was a poetic genius.

Luna 1 also discovered the outer van Allen belts, confirmed the existance of the solar wind, and refined measurements of lunar gravity. It was the first spacecraft to enter solar orbit.

September 12 will be the 50th anniversary of the almost identical Luna 2 which was the first succesful lunar impact mission.